For many fans, the tailgating party also serves as an all-day drinking fest. While there's no need to go overboard, a solid selection of favorite beers should keep most guests happy. Keep drinks on ice so they stay cold all day, and remember that most venues prohibit both kegs and glass bottles due to safety concerns. Wine drinkers should look for boxed wine to avoid broken glass and still enjoy their favorite red or white. Instead of playing bartender all day, bring a few cases of premixed margaritas and liquor-based blends to please the non-beer drinkers.
Before you invest in alcohol for your tailgating party, check the rules at your local venue to ensure that drinking is allowed. Never start handing out drinks without first selecting a designated driver, and always drink responsibly. Keep plenty of sodas and other non-alcoholic beverages on hand for the under-21 crowd, and don't let an underage drinking arrest ruin your day. On cold winter days, consider bringing a thermos of hot cider or cocoa to warm up when the temperature drops.